Polynesian Cultural Center in Oahu, HI

55-370 Kamehameha HighwayLaie, Oahu, HI 96762
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Overview

Spanning over 42 acres, the Polynesian Cultural Center is home to living museum and theme park centered around Polynesian culture. The center features eight simulated tropical villages, IMAX® shows, canoe rides and parades, special events, daytime exhibits and the Hā–Breath of Life evening show. Guests can also experience the renowned Ali’i Luau, considered one of the best and most authentic luaus on Oahu.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Laie, Oahu Travel Experts
  • Located 75 minutes from Honolulu.
  • Complimentary Waikiki hotel shuttle service is available.
  • Various dinner, luau, and show packages available for purchase.
  • Bring a camera, comfortable shoes, and appropriate attire.
  • Mingle with natives from Pacific cultures in genuine village replicas.
  • Bring cash and shop at the Hukilau Marketplace and specialty shops for a perfect souvenir.

Description

from Polynesian Cultural Center
Choose from a variety of packages and get set to see why the Polynesian Cultural Center is Hawaii's #1 Paid Attraction. Explore and experience eight island villages and exhibits representing the Islands of Aotearoa New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Samoa, Marquesas, Rapa Nui, Tonga, and Tahiti.

Learn firsthand from the native peoples of each island with interactive demonstrations that teach you the games, fun, and friendship of Polynesia. Get a temporary tattoo, catch a fish or learn to dance one of the exciting hip shaking dances of Tahiti. See an active Polynesian voyaging canoe up close and learn how to make fire. Plus, enjoy the exciting Rainbows of Paradise canoe pageant showcasing the songs and dances of each island culture on the Center’s winding lagoon.

Give your feet a rest and take a relaxing tram tour through Laie town to see the surrounding community, then cap off your adventure in Hawaii’s only IMAX™ theater to learn about the importance of coral reefs with a Coral Reef Adventure.

Discover for yourself why the Polynesian Cultural Center's Alii Luau has justifiably inherited the deeper meanings of Hawaiian hospitality and joy inherent in this ancient feast, and add this unforgettable experience to your Hawaiian vacation.

Please note that due to the Polynesian Cultural Center being a family attraction which is closely associated to and predominantly an employer of college students, alcohol is not served or allowed to be consumed anywhere on the premises.

Ambassador Dinner-Show Admission after 5:00 pm
Ali'i Luau Dinner-Show Admission after 5:00 pm
Show Only Admission after 7:00 pm; seating available only in the upper level of the Pacific Theater.

General Admission to the villages from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

There is no charge for children under age 5 unless they plan to occupy a reserved seat at the evening show.

Optional Pick-up Points in Waikiki
1st Pick up*, 2nd Pick up*
1. Ala Moana Hotel (wait on Mahukona Street) 10:00 am, 12:00 pm
2. Ilikai Renaissance (on Hobron Lane) 10:00 am, 12:00 pm
3. Hilton Hawaiian Village (Tapa Tower Bus Depot) 10:05 am, 12:05 pm
4. Waikiki Gateway (Olohana Street side) 10:10 am, 12:10 pm
5. Sheraton Waikiki (bus terminal) 10:15 am, 12:15 pm
6. Waikiki Trade Center (Seaside Avenue curbside) 10:20 am, 12:20 pm
7. Hyatt Regency Hotel (back entrance facing Koa Avenue) 10:25 am, 12:25 pm
8. Waikiki Beach Marriott (bus area near corner of Paoakalani St.) 10:30 am, 12:30 pm

Tripster Customer Reviews

3 Reviews
Michael Ricker
Omaha, NE
6 Reviews
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"Excellent - Glad we Went"
January 2019
Great way to understand the Polynesian culture. Dinner and luau were excellent. Ha Breath of Life performance was tremendous.

Spend the extra money to get the guided Ambassador tour.
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Claudia Cobos
CO
1 Review
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"Excellent !!!!"
August 2018
It was a wonderfull day with my family, many activities, shows of island's culture, the dinnig was delicious and the show was wonderfull
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Tip: Great place, you must go !

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aureliano diaz
san diego, CA
1 Review
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"Two thumbs up"
April 2015
A one of a kind ofexperience
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singingbee27
Brooklyn, New York
"Great to learn about Polynesian culture."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 19, 2019 NEW
I paid for transportation to the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) from Honolulu. I was picked up at 9:20 but didn't leave until around 10 so we didn't get to the center until about 11:30. There is so much to see and do, that this is a late start, especially if you are going with a tour guide. On the bus, we were told that we could purchase plate, so that when we got to the PCC our lunch would be ready. We could chose from 3-4 things: chicken with veggies and ribs with veggies are the two that I can remember. When we got to the restaurant, we still had to wait 20 minutes for our food. The rib dish was really a pot roast of sorts and no one had veggies, it was mashed potatoes. Upgrading to the Ambassador Tour is not worth it unless you want someone to explain everything to you instead of exploring in your own. If you eat lunch, your guide will not be able to take you around to see all of the 6 villages (we only got to see 3). I LOVE that almost all of the hard working employees are students from one of the Polynesian Islands and all of the profits from the PCC goes to fund their education. That made me feel great about buying things from here (which are much cheaper than anywhere else I've seen on the 3 islands I went to). A quilt at the airport was $650 at the PCC $329 I do recommend this experience if you are on Oahu.
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yegpsychological
Edmonton, Canada
"Great learning opportunity, but is too long of a tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 16, 2019 NEW
I can see this tour being great for families or larger groups— it’s extremely well organized, lots of things to be learned through art, shows and activities. However, it may be too ambitious of a trip for those wanting a more relaxing day. The end show “Ha- Breath to Life” was spectacular.
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fila0904
Auckland Central, New Zealand
"Culture centre visit "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 12, 2019 NEW
I doesn’t want writing to much because everyone have to go and enjoy the day this beautiful place. The polynesian culture paradise.
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nancymN7825PF
"SKIP THIS BORING TOURIST TRAP! "
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed August 12, 2019 NEW
Went in August & it was miserably hot. Most of the park is in full sun and there is nowhere to get out of the heat - even shops & restaurant are not air conditioned. (Only the theater which has a 20 min imax show has AC.) There were supposed to be a few demonstrations in the villages, but plan on LOTS of walking and waiting around between the shows and few activities. Because we had taken a tour bus to get there, we were stuck from 12:30-9:30pm. If you are wanting a luau on a beach at sunset, this is not the place. (It’s a buffet in an open air cramped auditorium space with a cheesy show on fake grass at the front.) We waited an hour with tired toddlers & teens with nothing to do after the luau while waiting on the HA: BOL show to start. First part of the show is boring until the fire performers come out at the end. I feel like it was a waste of one of our few precious days in Hawaii, not to mention so overpriced. The Samoa show was kind of funny with audience participation, and the HA show fire performers were good, but that was only 30 mins of our 9 hrs there. We did take our bus driver’s advice not waste time taking the tram over to the LDS temple. If you don’t get out much, you might enjoy PCC, but our large group was mostly bored and miserable. I don’t know how they have such glowing reviews on here and are the #1 paid attraction in O’ahu. Go to Pearl Harbor & one of the many beautiful public beaches instead!
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Dmitry C
"Ambassador package was good, not great."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 10, 2019 NEW
Bus tour around island is low cost but bus was just a transport bus, not a tour bus one would expect during a 4 hour tour of history and culture of a beautiful island. Polynesian Cultural Center seems to have dropped a lot of native islander performers who used to do more interesting shows. There is just lots of fire juggling, a heart wrenching story in a show and not much in terms of Cirque Du Soleil type of tricks that the older generation used to do. Ambassadors keep things moving and interesting, but the value of $230 p.p. or so for this visit evades me.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Polynesian Cultural Center

Where is the Polynesian Cultural Center located?
They are located in the small town of Laie, located on the northeast end of Oahu. Allow yourself approximately a 75-minute drive from Honolulu.

How much is parking?
Parking is FREE.

Can I bring my camera?
Guests are welcome to take as many personal pictures or video recordings at the Center as they wish, but no flash photography or video is allowed during the evening show, Ha: Breath of Life, as the light is blinding to the performers on stage and other guests in the darkened theater.

Do you offer wheelchair, stroller or locker rentals?
The Polynesian Cultural Center provides guests a limited number of wheelchairs and strollers available with advanced reservations by calling them directly. There is a $20 deposit fee, $15 of which will be refunded when the wheelchair or stroller is returned. A limited number of day lockers are available near the front entrance on a first-come basis for a small rental fee.

Is the Polynesian Cultural Center wheelchair accessible?
All major areas of the Polynesian Cultural Center - including the Laie Temple Visitors Center tours are accessible to those in wheelchairs. Guests using wheelchairs at our lu'au or Ha: Breath of Life evening show will either be invited to transfer to a seat if they choose to do so, or will be invited to sit in any of our wheelchair section.

When are the times for each activity?
The Polynesian Cultural Center is open Monday through Saturday Noon to 5:00 pm. Ali’l Luau seating begins between 4:45 pm – 5:00 pm and concludes at 6:30pm. Ha! seating begins at 7:00 pm and concludes at 9:15 pm. 

If my child is under 5 years, are they free?
Yes, children 0-4 are free admission into the Cultural Center. They are considered a lap child for the show venues.